Lawmakers want probe into contractualization at PLDT

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2018 08:44 PM

PLDT's contractual employees hold a protest in front of the firm's office in Manila, July 2, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday sought a legislative investigation into the extent of contractualization at telecommunications giant PLDT.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has already ordered PLDT to regularize 7,000 of its employees. In a statement last June 2, the firm said it has begun validating the identity of the workers.

But Kabataan party-list Representative Sarah Elago said until now, PLDT's contractual workers remain on strike to insist on their regularization. 

"Workers of the companies are currently on strike. They have taken their struggles to the picket lines and the gates of Malacañang. It is imperative to rally behind their efforts and initiatives to stand up for their rights," Elago said.

Dan Nazario, president of the PLDT Organization of Workers and Employees for Rights or "POWER," joined lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc in filing a resolution to seek a House inquiry. 

DOLE earlier denied PLDT's appeal against the regularization order but the firm still has a pending petition on the same matter before the Court of Appeals.

"Any results of DOLE’s action over disputes of PLDT and thousands of its contractual employees who were supposed to be regularized, will set a precedent to numbers of cases of other Filipino contractual workers," Nazario said.